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October 17, 2011


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Good news about investments occurring in the Metro East continues to roll in. Recent coverage spotlights the opportunities and activities along our river, the impact of "Illinois Jobs Now!, key projects recently completed by local contractors and fellow Leadership Council Members and more. Read on for all the details, and remember to forward us the articles when your company, organization or leadership are in the news.


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SLIDESHOW: Rollin' on the Mississippi River (St. Louis Business Journal, 10/5/11)


St. Louis Business Journal reporter Evan Benn recently joined a group of local real estate execs on a tour of the Greater St. Louis Harbor, where he had the opportunity to chat with a group of professionals who make their living on land, and look at economic opportunities and investments currently being made along the river's edge. His experience is the focus on a slideshow feature recently posted on the Illinois Business Journal's website. Among the investments highlighted is the $8.5 million south harbor project under development at America's Central Port. To see the story and slideshow, visit Read More.


'Illinois Jobs Now!' blows wind in IDOT sails while Missouri road building stalls (Illinois Business Journal, October 2011)


Since implementing the 'Illinois Jobs Now!' capital program in 2009, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) has maintained 5,200 to 5,500 full-time employees, according to an interview by the Illinois Business Journal with Josh Kauffman, IDOT statewide spokesman. The construction plan is the largest in Illinois' history and has allowed IDOT to avoid major cuts and downsizing that the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) is currently implementing. The plan has also been a huge boost to Illinois' economy and enabled the state to complete a number of road and bridge projects, while also paving the way for work to advance on other key projects, including the New Mississippi River Bridge, a long time priority of the Leadership Council. To learn more, see the story on Page 3 of the October issue of the Illinois Business Journal at


Mayor Ed Hagnauer
Business News: Granite City's mayor recognized as best in the region (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 10/5/2011)


The Riverfront Times named Granite City Mayor Ed Hagnauer the best mayor in the St. Louis area in its "Best Of" issue earlier this month. Hagnauer was recognized for managing a difficult budget situation and revitalizing downtown Granite City. Read More.



Korte and Luitjohan Contractors, Highland: City of Roxana Wastewater Treatment Plant (Illinois Business Journal, October 2011)


This past July, new Leadership Council member Korte and Luitjohan Contractors completed two significant projects in Southwestern Illinois - a $5 million wastewater treatment plant in Roxana and a $583,000 medical office for St. Joseph's Hospital of Breese in Greenville. For details, see page 17 of the current Illinois Business Journal, available online at

 W. Alton Audubon Center

 Audubon Center opens doors to public (The Alton Telegraph, 10/15/11)

The Audubon Center at Riverlands at the Migratory Bird Sanctuary opened its doors to the public for the first time on Saturday. The Alton Telegraph reports the new education center is the result of a partnership between the National Audubon Society and the Army Corps of Engineers, with the overarching purpose being to connect people with nature and river ecosystems. The environmentally-friendly building consists of half a dozen 22-foot-high windows. They offer a 140-degree view of the river and the 325 species of birds that live and migrate throughout the surrounding areas of the confluence region.Read More.


Contegra Construction Co., Hatheway Hall, Lewis and Clark Community College, Godfrey (Illinois Business Journal, October 2011)

Lewis and Clark Community College has a new $10.5 million fine arts venue thanks to Edwardsville-based Contegra Construction Company, another Leadership Council member. The 62,500-square-foot renovation of Hathaway Hall was completed in less than a year and included the installation of 8,600 square feet of solar roof panels. Learn more on page 17 at

Contact Information

Patrick McKeehan

Executive Director

Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois



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